The Barn Owls that nested in this box last year have fledged and moved away. However there is a lone Barn Owl that has been seen here on a nightly basis. So keep watching and you should be able to see it after dark.
Barn Owls in Colorado usually begin nesting anytime from February to May.
Below is a video of CARRI’s director releasing some rehabilitated Barn Owls.
Some information that we have learned about Barn Owls
1) Even though Barn Owls are found in the same nests each year, they are seldom the same birds that have previously used that box in the past.
2) Barn Owls frequently nest close to other birds of prey, including Great Horned Owls, Swainson’s Hawks and Long-eared Owls. Often with little confrontation.
3) Adult Great Horned Owls will, at times, take adult and young Barn Owls, but it appears to be infrequent.
4) Barn Owls can lay up to eggs in a nesting season.
5) Adult female Barn Owls lay an egg every two-to-three days and begin incubating after when the first or second egg appears.
6) Even though Barn Owl eggs are laid on different days, two eggs have been known to hatch on the same day.
7) Barn Owls feed heavily upon small distructive animals such as voles, mice and rats. They will occasionally take birds like Meadowlarks and Starlings too.
8) Young Barn Owls remain in their nest for 60 days or so before fledging. After fledging, young Barn Owls can be independent from their parents and are completely able to hunt for themselves successfully.
9) A single male Barn Owl can bring in over 20 small animals to his nest in a single evening.
10) Barn Owls may be the most beneficial bird in North America, as hey consume more than 800 small mammals in a nesting season.